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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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My winter camp idea, any thoughts?

Here's my proposal for my winter camp. Any thoughts? Would middle school kids enjoy this? I really want to work on things like reading and writing. The kids I teach really need help in that area.

Non-fiction Reading and Writing
Class final project: Class portfolio of writing in a newspaper format.
Objectives: To increase students’ interest for reading short books, write book reports and present them, and work on editing and publishing students’ writing into a finished portfolio and class project.

Books: Step Into Reading Series Who was…? Series

Reading Class: The aims of this class are to read and write about non-fiction. Included in the non-fiction books are biographies of historical figures, events in history, and scientific information. Reading class will consist of reading aloud in class, followed by comprehension questions, and listening dictation. We will read 5 books. I aim to read two short books a week, and the final week a more advanced book.

Writing Class: Students must write book reports based on the reading they did. We will do different styles of book reports each class period. Some of the various kinds of book reports include; comic strips, essays, drawings, collages, research projects, and criticisms. Students should present to the class what they wrote in each class to work on public speaking skills. During the third week we will work on editing students’ portfolios and choose students’ works to put in a class newspaper of what students have studied. We will publish the paper and students will have a finished portfolio of writing to keep.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on October 25, 2009 at 3:52am
Hi Jessica,

I've taught newspaper writing to middle-school grades as an elective. How we would do it is we would meet as a group, brainstorm possible stories, then go off and interview people (often kids worked in pairs). We'd handle the editing writer's workshop style, reading our stories to the group to get feedback (especially parts of the story that were confusing/ not clear to the reader).

We also wrote a "Dear Abby" type column as a group- making up the questions and the answers, which was a hoot.

I understand that all these elements might not work in the EFL classroom (or camp), but I think having a method of student input/ choice is a very important element in having kids buy into the idea. What are they interested in researching and writing about?

Just a thought : )

Comment by Jessica Cahill on October 26, 2009 at 7:37am
That's the problem. I'm just not sure what the kids want to study. We have to get them to sign up for the camp. I'd like to do some kind of needs analysis but I'm not sure if it's possible. I try to come up with ideas but coteacher says that they don't want to read or write or it's too hard for them. It's so frustrating. I don't know how to teach English without reading and writing! And I really don't want to teach from a textbook for 3 weeks during the winter vacation. So maybe I have to throw out the jounalism idea!
Comment by Ellen Pham on October 26, 2009 at 9:04am
Hmm, I think you need expert advice (not me!) I'll put a call out in the chat box

Comment by Jessica Cahill on October 26, 2009 at 11:53pm
Sometimes it's so discouraging because they ask me what I want to teach but they respond with the thinking that most things are too hard for the students or not interesting for them. They suggested I teach debating, but if they can't read a book or write, I don't understand how we can do debating! Finally they said, "It's your camp, just teach what you want."
Comment by Ellen Pham on October 27, 2009 at 12:37am
Jessica, did you see David's suggestion to search "camp" with our new search tool?

I've seen movies and drama activities suggested in the past... looks like there are some specific suggestions under the "camp" search.

Comment by Jessica Cahill on October 27, 2009 at 4:56am
Thanks for the all the help! There are so many great ideas. But the main problem is getting my coteacher to agree to anything! lol

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